Summary: Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries today. The procedure’s capacity to permanently remove fat cells allows thousands of men and women across the world to achieve their ideal figure where diet and exercise fall short. When preparing for liposuction, it’s important that candidates understand the procedure well enough to remain informed about their options and make the best decisions. Here are five ways you can make liposuction safe, effective and long-lasting for the best possible results.
1. Make Sure You’re a Good Candidate
One of the most common reasons patients can end up disappointed with their results is because they aren’t ideal candidates for liposuction. While liposuction does remove fat cells, the procedure is not a substitute for weight loss. In fact, the amount of weight typically removed during an average liposuction surgery is minimal. This is because liposuction is aimed at reducing pockets of isolated fat just beneath the skin, not large quantities of weight. If you’re considering liposuction, be sure to take the extra time to reach your target weight with a healthy, controlled diet and regular exercise. Once you’re at or near your ideal weight, liposuction can help streamline your figure where stubborn fatty bulges remain.
2. Understand the Limitations
As miraculous as liposuction may seem, the procedure is not a solution to all of your appearance concerns. While liposuction can slim down an area of the body by removing fat, it does not tighten the overlying skin. Because our skin contains some natural elasticity, our bodies are often able to conform to new, slimmer contours. However, if you already have some baggy skin, liposuction may only add to the problem unless combined with a skin-tightening treatment. That’s why so many patients choose to combine liposuction with their tummy tuck, removing fatty bulges in their midsection before tightening the abdominal skin for a completely natural-looking result.
3. Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Specializing in Liposuction
When searching for the right liposuction surgeon, keep in mind that not all surgical results are equal. Nearly all practicing plastic surgeons offer liposuction at their practice, but when it comes to your body, you’ll want to make sure you’re not settling for anything less than the best. Take the time to find a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who specializes in liposuction and other body contouring procedures. Your surgeon’s extensive experience performing liposuction will inform his or her technique in creating the most refined results.
4. Decide on the Best Liposuction Technique for You
There is a range of liposuction techniques on the market today. Tumescent liposuction, also referred to as traditional liposuction, remains the gold standard for fat removal. Tumescent liposuction has been practiced for decades and has been perfected by liposuction surgeons to create some of the most reliable, beautiful results. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is another technique that offers some advantages over tumescent liposuction in the right patients. Ultrasound-assisted lipo offers patients the benefit of some skin contraction to minimize the chance of developing loose skin, while the ultrasonic waves can make breaking up fat cells easier in denser areas, such as the back of the neck or the cankles.
5. Maintain Your Results with a Healthy Lifestyle
All patients should be able to enjoy their liposuction results long-term. However, liposuction alone doesn’t prevent your body from responding to changes in your lifestyle. Once you’ve completed your liposuction recovery, it’s important to continue to eat a healthy diet and practice regular exercise to maintain your results.